Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Mint Condition Live From the 930 Club|
Actor: Mint Condition
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Special Interests, Educational
We gonna do some new stuff, we gonna do some old stuff. Y'all down with it, right?, Stokley Williams, the magnificent lead singer of Mint Condition, the quintessential R&B Band of the `90s, teasingly asks an audience that ... more »
THE NEXT BEST THING TO SEEING THEM LIVE...
Curtis Hall | Jacksonville, Florida United States | 05/12/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you're a big fan of live music, you prefer your musicians to have verifiable skills, or you like your music to step outside of all kinds of boxes, this DVD/Documentary must find a home in your private collection. Mint Condition is a band that needs no introduction. After watching the DVD, it becomes evident why they have been dubbed "The Baddest Band in the Land". This is an excellent snap-shot of a band that is made for the stage. The documentary also provides backstage access to a group that has survived the music biz for 15 years.
MC filmed their show at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C for good reason: the crowds know how to give back great energy. This DVD/Doc was filmed because it is impossible to fit all that MC is on a studio album. In order to have a true experience of what MC is all about, you have to see them live. This is the next best thing to being there.
All throughout the set the band is feeling the love and you can see the devotion from the crowd. This 62 minute concert shows a definite connection with the fans male and female. Stokely Williams (vocalist/instrumentalist) is a terrific front man; capable of eliciting responses from every corner of the venue. Guitarist Homer O'Dell, Key-boardist/Sax Jeffrey Allen, Key-boardist Lawrence Waddell and Stage-Drummer Terry Wesley anchor the musical foundations which they approach with a energetic resolve. Bassist Ricky Kinchen gives his signature turns and spins, while engaging the crowd. This band has terrific chemistry that radiates from stage in unstoppable torrents of funk, rock, jazz and R&B/Soul sonic goodness. The set spans five Mint Condition records and is paced perfectly.
Amazing.....True Live Music. Additional 5 stars
MHBass | Sagamore Hills, OH | 02/26/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The follow up to 'Livin the Luxury Brown', Live from the 9:30 Club, is the Ultimate Mint Condition fan experience. I bought the CD first, and after hearing it I went flying to FYE to pick up the DVD.
Dropping the Live set from DC, was a very good idea for the band. A tour would be much welcomed by the fans. Forget everything you've seen & heard with all of these so-called singers festering the market.
Stokely's display of total mastering of vocalization, is what interested me in Mint Condition. As musicians, these guys can cover the whole realm. Their debut single 'Pretty Brown Eyes' showcased one of the bands strengths, the ballad. With each new release they took their production and writing skills up a notch.
What makes Mint, Mint, are their songs. The band isn't just cranking out a bunch of catch phrase hooks, smothered over with banging guitar and bass licks. Mint is putting it down lyrically, and musically better than any act in the biz right now.
I'm excited about the band, because there was a 6 year hiatus in between releases, 'Life's Aquarium, and 'Livin the Luxury Brown'. I'm one of those Mint fans who want to see a release, at least, once a year. So when they dropped the Live CD/DVD, I almost lost my mind, because Mint brings it to you right.
What can you say about the Live show.....AWESOME!!!!! I wish they would have included some of their other hits, like 'On & On', 'This Day This Minute, Right Now', and the rock inspired 'Fidelity'..I knew they would have blown the stage up with fidelity.
Mint Condition has lasted for this long because of their brand of music. It's a good thing to have such a talented group of brothers out their doing quality music. Music that means something, because of the issues their songs touch on. No, don't get it twisted, these aren't your average little, nasty little r&b singers.
I play bass guitar, so this is a musicians dream for me. Buy the CD/DVD. It will be the best piece of music you've spent your $$$ on in a while. No doubt. this is vintage stuff, and a must have for all true Mint Condition fans.
We want a tour...we want a tour...we want a tour."
Pretty Decent, But Not The Definitive MC
Chicago Music Fan | Chicago, IL United States | 03/11/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I have been a Mint Condition fan since the start, and was pleased when this DVD finally came out- it had been rumored to be released right after the new album came out. I had already recorded the BET special so I kinda knew what to expect, but I definitely wanted to get this for the extra songs.
The fellas gave an overall good performance that night, which I'm sure the DVD could not give justice. Special mention goes to "Whoaa", "Funky Weekend", "Call Me" (which I wasn't really a fan of on the album, until now), and "What You Bring to The Party". Stokley was in decent voice and the other guys supported him well. But being a drummer and a big Chris Dave fan, I definitely miss him and his fire on the drums. I have a copy of MC's performance on BET's Planet Groove that supported "Definition of a Band"- complete with Keri Lewis (who wasn't terribly missed by me) and Chris Dave, and it is by far, IMHO, the definitive live performance by these guys, thanks partly to Chris Dave's rock solid drumming. Terry Wesley is cool, but he is definitely different style wise. And, to me, it seemed like he was the weak link in the drum duet with Stokley during "Mintal"- which turned out to be a great song once everybody else joined in. And everybody else definitly brought the funk for the entire DVD.
Another thing that brought the DVD down for me was the documentary clips between most of the songs. There is a documentary that is included in the Special Features section of the DVD that has a lot of the same footage that was included during the concert, so why not just take it out of the concert? And not only that, during the closing credits, the audio of the first chorus of their performance of "Look Whatchu Done 2 Me" was heard- and it was soundin' FUNKY!!! I was like, why wasn't THAT song included in the concert instead of teasing us with a snippet like that and wasting space with documentary clips we can see later?
I was still mostly pleased with the DVD, and this is definitely a must have for all MC fans. I would love to see a DVD with all of their videos also, but I won't hold my breath on that one. BUY THIS DVD and the "...LUXURY BROWN" CD and SUPPORT THE FELLAS!!!!"
Priceless (Pt. II)
Brandon A. Coles | Orangeburg, SC USA | 01/04/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I received a portion of this dvd added into the cd "Livin' The Luxury Brown" and that taste of this concert has compelled me to purchase the full concert. The sound is remarkable and the band continues to thrive in the "live" concept. As always, Stokley carries the lead vocals and the band blends their harmonizing skills with their mellifluous musical ability. Such as the case when the album begins with the energetic intro called "The Tempest," also from the "...Luxury Brown" album. The smoldering performance of "You Don't Have To Hurt No More" is the perfect compliment to their classic hit about a love affair, "What Kind of Man Would I Be." The 9:30 Club in the "Chocolate City" was on fire as every fan witnessed the sheer perfection of Mint Condition's satisfying barrage of classics and future hits. Ricky was outstanding as always with his sensuously smooth bass lines as well as O'Dell's perfect guitar solos. Terry Wesley & Stokley ripped it on drums while Larry's lead keyboard skills meshes ideally with Jeffrey's secondary keyboard plucks and synthesizer bass. As I have stated before, this performance brings you so much closer to the experience. Man, I promise that you will be captured by this exhilaratingly priceless presentation."